A writer’s inspiration board 2015

Below is my inspiration board. Openness, creativity and freedom are the ideas I am building my life around. They’re things I need to work on – I’m really good at bottling emotions in and not talking about it, and that’s really not good for me!

Inspiration board 2015

Inspiration board 2015

On the right-hand side is a very important saying. It’s an excerpt of a poem from a 19-year-old Australian poet, Erin Hanson. It reminds me to take risks, and to have a go at things, because if I don’t try I’ll never know if it’s possible.

And if I do try, the worst that could happen is that I fail. It’s a blow to the ego, but pffft! The possibility of success is too exciting to worry about failure.

The last piece on my inspiration board is how I judge my own writing. When you make art, whether that be painting, music, dance or whatever it is you do, it can be easy to compare yourself to others unfavourably. But the truth is, no one can tell the story you’re telling. It’s yours, and only yours, to tell.

To remind me of this, I ask three questions:

  • Does it empower?
  • Is it true to myself?
  • Am I proud of it?

If I can tick all of those questions off, I know I’m on the right track.

This is what keeps me going. I’d love to hear your thoughts – what inspires you?

2 Responses to “A writer’s inspiration board 2015

  • I love your board. I think I might have to do something similar in my office at my day job. Just to keep me on track with my own goals.

    I would love to do something like that writing related at home, but I don’t have a designated place to write… or perhaps I can find a place… a mission has just been born 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda! I reckon you can find a place. I’m lucky, cause we are renting an older house at the moment so it’s not open plan. I’ve taken over what should be the Dining Room as my writing / art / yoga space.

      When I was boarding / flatting, I had my desk in my room. Even though I usually ended up sitting on the bed and writing lol, the wall behind my desk was where my motivational stuff would go. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

      So far (not that it’s been long, but hey) what I’ve found the most useful is reminding me WHY I write, so I don’t get caught up in low sales, low reviews or not feeling good enough. The board reminds me that it doesn’t matter – what matters is that my work meets my OWN standards.

      I look forward to seeing your mission completed. Good luck!

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